February Events in Paris

2018 Guide

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Sources: Paris Convention and Visitors Office, Paris Mayor's Office

Generally the coldest (and often the quietest) time of year, Paris in February can seem a bit sterile at times. But beneath the frosty surface, there's plenty to see, do and celebrate: from romantic and colourful holidays to exhibits that will make you glad you retreated indoors (and not only because you escaped the cold). Read on for our top picks in 2018: 

Seasonal Events This Month

  • Celebrating Valentine's Day in Paris
    If you're lucky enough to be planning Valentine's Day in Paris with someone you love, you're not likely to come away disappointed. Read our complete guide to celebrating this year for a wealth of ideas on what to do as a couple on your trip.
    Also See: Most Romantic Things to Do in Paris
  • Ice-skating rinks: Every winter, ice-skating rinks are set up at several locations around the city. Admission is free (not including skate rental).
    Read More: Winter Ice Skating in Paris (2017-2018 locations)
  • Chinese New Year Celebrations: Fete the year of the Dog this year by consulting our guide to Chinese new year 2018 in Paris (precise details on parades and other events will be announced soon). These are some of the year's most interesting, and colorful, celebrations and street parades, and are definitely worth checking out. 


Arts and Exhibits Highlights in February:


Being Modern: MOMA at the Fondation Louis Vuitton 

One of the most hotly anticipated shows of the year, the MOMA at the Fondation Vuitton features hundreds of remarkable works of art generally housed at the world's largest modern art museum in New York City. From Cezanne to Signac and Klimt, to Alexander Calder, Frida Kahlo, Jasper Johns, Laurie Anderson and Jackson Pollock, many of the 20th century's most important artists and their work are highlighted at this exceptional show.

Make sure to reserve tickets well ahead to avoid disappointment. 

The Art of Pastel, from Degas to Redon  

Compared to oils and acrylics, pastels tend to be seen as a less "noble" material for painting, but this exhibit proves that all wrong. The Petit Palais' look at magnificent pastels from nineteenth century and early twentieth-century masters including Edgar Degas. Odilon Redon, Mary Cassatt and Paul Gaugin will make you see the world in a softer-- and quietly sublime-- light. 

Picasso 1932: An Erotic Year 

This joint exhibit between the Museé Picasso in Paris and the Tate Modern in London examines- you guessed it-- Pablo Picasso's particularly erotic themes and portraits across works produced in 1932. This is refreshingly restrained and careful look at a particular period and theme in the Franco-Spanish artist's vast oeuvre. 

  • Dates: Through February 11, 2018
  • Location: Musée National Picasso 

For a more comprehensive list of exhibits and shows on in town this month, including listings at smaller galleries around town, we recommend visiting the calendars over at Paris Art Selection and at the Paris Tourist Office.


Related: More on February in Paris: Packing and Weather Guide

Trade Shows

Paris Manga and Sci-Fi Show The rendez-vous of choice in Paris for worldwide fans of Japanese comic art and the sci-fi genre.
When: February 7th-8th, 2015
Location: Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, Hall 3
1 Place de la Porte de Versailles, 15th arrondissement
Metro: Porte de Versailles
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More on Paris in February: Weather Outlook and Packing Guide